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Google woos publishers with new payment platform

WASHINGTON — Google unveiled an online payment platform for publishers on Wednesday, a day after Apple launched a subscription service of its own for newspapers, magazines, music and video. Google will take a 10-percent share of revenue from subscriptions managed through “Google One Pass,” less than the 30 percent charged…

Apple unveils digital media subscription service

WASHINGTON — Apple, in a move long-awaited by publishers seeking new sources of revenue, unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday for digital newspapers and magazines purchased through its online App Store. Music and video subscriptions will also be available through the App Store, Apple said, and will be subject to…

Chrome users can block unwanted websites

WASHINGTON – Google on Monday gave users of its Chrome Web browser the ability to block search results from low-quality websites known as content farms. Google’s principal engineer Matt Cutts said Chrome users can download and install an extension for Chrome that blocks sites which provide “shallow or low-quality content”…

Huffington’s partner at AOL a ‘conservative’ who gave to GOP candidate: report

Progressive fans of the Huffington Post aren’t too happy about the site being acquired by America On-Line. Now, they may have another reason to lament the purchase. A source close to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, a former Google executive hired in 2009, told Business Insider that while he “calls himself…

With digital media ‘manifesto,’ pirates offer truce to film industry

An online effort that’s gaining more supporters by the hour appears to offer the film industry something of an olive branch in the war against Internet piracy. It all began with a conversation at the Lift11 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at producing ideas on how to eliminate piracy. A…

Verizon challenges Obama administration’s ‘net neutrality’ rules

See also: Why is Verizon suing over net neutrality rules it once supported? NEW YORK — Verizon Communications is going to court to challenge the top U.S. telecommunications regulator, saying the FCC overstepped its authority with the recent adoption of open Internet rules. The telecommunications company said on Thursday it…

MetroPCS mobile data plans violate net neutrality, group claims

A plan by the the fifth largest mobile carrier in the United States to block access to certain web content based on its customers’ data plan could be a violation of new “net neutrality” regulations. MetroPCS has announced it will be offering three different pay-as-you-go mobile data plans that will…

UK plan to block online pornography ‘not possible,’ ISPs say

Plans to set up an online age verification scheme in the United Kingdom to limit access to pornography is not possible, according to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at the ISP Timico, told BBC News that it is “technically not possible” to block…

WikiLeaks accuses ‘cowardly’ Amazon of lying

WikiLeaks lashed out at Amazon on Friday for kicking the whistleblower website off its servers, accusing the US company of lying and being “cowardly.” The accusations came after Amazon broke days of silence and provided its first explanation for its decision to no longer provide Web-hosting services to WikiLeaks.org. Amazon…

Comcast forces Netflix partner to pay a ‘toll’ to deliver video

An Internet service provider who competes with Netflix is now setting up a roadblock which could prevent consumers from streaming movies online. Critics have compared Comcast’s recent demand that a Netflix partner pay a fee to deliver video over its network to extortion and blackmail. Netflix partner Level 3 claims…

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